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The TECHNOCRAT 



NEWSMAGAZINE OF R.D. 1 18 3 3- 1 18 34 TECHNOCRACY INC. 




CONSTRUCT THE NEW AMERICA 



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EDITORIAL 

lour Y#»ai*M l^ilor 

In 1933 when the analysis and proposal of 
of Technocracy, Inc., was front page news, one of 
the voluminous reports of the Price System econ- 
omists, politicians, and soothsayers was that pub- 
lished by the Brookings Institute at Washington, 
D. C. This outstanding "refutation" was accepted 
with the usual awe attached to any such document 
even though never read nor understood by a peo- 
ple whose traditions have conditioned them to 
consider names and personalities rather than fact- 
ual information. 

During the ensuing fifty-three months of so- 
called depression and boom, trembling economists 
have fallen back in bewilderment on the Brookings 
Report. To quote from it was a source of optimism 
and reassurance to them, (even tho things did not 
seem quite all right). 

In the early part of August, 1937, at an address 
before the Maryland Bankers' Association at At- 
lantic City, Dr. Harold G. Moulton, president of 
the Brookings Institute stated: M . * , The rate of 
recovery has been slower and more halting than is 
normally the case." He qualified it with: "That 
is to say, the recoveries from great depressions of 
the past, once under way, have proceeded to a new 
climax very much more rapidly than has been the 
case in the present instance/' He further states 
that other countries in the world are making a bet- 
ter recovery than the U. S. 

Dr, Moulton could answer many of the prob- 
lems he makes confusing, by reviewing the analy- 
sis and proposal that his institute "refuted" in 
1933. He would find that the slow recovery rate 
he refers to in the U. S. is not a recurrent "business 
cycle' 1 of highs and lows but rather the closing 
era of our American Fric -e System. Such devices 
as the buying of gold from abroad, the injections 
of financial aid into corporate enterprise and the 
spending of billions in direct relief have all failed 
to bring about a balance between production and 
consumption. Recoveries in other countries have 
no bearing one way or another on our problem. 
Their task is the distribution of a scarcity; ours 
the distribution of an abundance. The problem be* 
fore the people of the North American Continent is 
mass distribution which cannot be accomplished 
by a medium of exchange but will result from the 
use of a means of distribution, i. e. The Distribu- 
tion Certificate of The Technate of America. 

Dr. Moulton is obviously mainly worried about 
business cycles and recoveries therefrom. Tech- 
nocracy has shown that distribution can be made 
to balance production by the removal of price con- 
trol, thus ending all so-called business cycles. 



THK TKOIXOCRAT 



The TECHNOCRAT 

NEWSMAGAZINE 
REGIONAL DIVISION 11833-11834 AREA 
TECHNOCRACY INC. 



Volume 3 SEPTEMBER, 1937 Number 4 

EDITORIAL _ 2 

What If* Technocracy? S 

G H Q — Scott Tour Started 4 

TECHNOLOGY— 

Ily urology 4 

\iw Machines am* Processes .5 

NON -TECH NOCK ATS— 

Quoted __. 6 

ExpoMd „ , 7 

ARTICLES — 

"Convention si rid Ethics** 8 

Drinking Water 9 

"Dated Employment" 10 

MOVIE REVIEW— 

"Mr. Deeds does to Town 11 9 

"Let's Get Married" 1ft 

ACTIVITIES 10 

FINANCE - U 

SCOTT TOUR ITINERARY 12 

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New (/Over Design — 



These hind;uru*nLHl mi -uMiruig instruments sym- 
bolize precision. Technocracy bases its predictions 
and design upon accurate measurement Precision 
and Technocracy are synonomous. 



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THE TECHNOCRAT 



What Is Technocracy? 



The advance of Technology on the North American continent 
through the ever increasing use of extraneous (other than human) energy 
is bringing about the first major social change in history. 

Technocracy is not agitating for this change; it is preparing for it. 

Technocracy is the science of social engineering, the scientific oper- 
ation of the entire social mechanism to produce and distribute goods and 
services to the entire population of this continent. For the first time in 
human history it will be done as a scientific, technical engineering problem. 
There will be no place for Politics or Politicians, Finance or Financeers, 
Rackets or Racketeers. 

Technocracy states that this method of operating the social mech- 
anism of the North American Continent is now mandatory because we have 
passed from a state of actual scarcity into the present status of potential 
abundance in which we are now held to an artificial scarcity forced upon 
us in order to continue a Price System which can distribute goods only by 
means of a medium of exchange. Technocracy states that price and 
abundance are incompatible; the greater the abundance the smaller the 
price. In a real abundance there can be no price at all. Only by abandon- 
ing the interfering price control and substituting a scientific method of 
production and distribution can an abundance be achieved. Technocracy 
will distribute by means of a certificate of distribution available to every 
citizen from birth to death. 

The Technate will encompass the entire American Continent from 
Panama to the North Pole because the natural resources and the natural 
boundaries of this area make it an independent, self-sustaining geographi- 
cal unit. Technocracy's blue -prints have been designed for this continent 
and for no other. It is an American Plan for the American continent, No 
imported political philosophies including Democracy are in any way ap- 
plicable. 

1940 or before is the calculated date for the breakdown of the Price 
System dictating the need for the Technate. This calculation is based 
upon the relentless, inevitable increase in the use of extraneous energy as 
a substitute for human labor. By 1940 there will not be enough money in 
pay envelopes to purchase the goods produced. The government is al- 
ready making up the difference with money raised by borrowing and tax- 
ation. There is a limit beyond which this cannot go. The financial col- 
lapse of private industry and of government, which will accompany the 
approaching social change, will be a symptom and not a cause. 

Lesson XXI of Technocracy Study Course states, 'The welfare 
of the human beings involved is of ultimate and paramount importance/' 
Every individual on the American continent will, under Technocracy, 
achieve a standard of living with security from birth to death that is 
wholly impossible even for the most favored citizens today. 



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1 14 ll\OL4M.Y 

%% liiU* IJiflil TiiImvs 

The bright red, green and yellow hues in our 
present advertising signs are the result of the gas 
Deofi treated by a special process and energized by 
electricity. George Claude, French inventor, has 
perfected a combination of rare gases, which, when 
sealed into glass tubing and energized by electricity 
produces a white light. Actual tests have shown 
that this tubing, when sealed with a pre-treated 
mixutre of krypton and xenon emits a white light 
that is as superior to electric lights as our pres- 
ent electric lights are to kerosene lamps. 

In his factory, at Boulogne, France, he is 
treating 33,000 cubic meters of air per hour and can 
produce enough krypton and xenon for the man- 
ufacture of seven million light tubes per year. The 
cne reason we do not have a white light tubing at 
present is that little electrical energy is required 
to operate them, hence, smaller monthly bills to 
consumers of electrical energy. Homes will be bet- 
ter illuminated at a small fraction of the present 
cost when the now existing interference ccntrol of 
public utilities is eliminated. 

A ii I oimtt i«* IColioi 

It is common knowledge that fatigue of pilots 
is the cause of many accidents and that one great 
cause of pilot fatigue is the strain associated with 
constantly watching the very numerous dials now 
on tht modern airplane instrument panel. There 
has been invented , patented, thoroly proven and 
tested in flight a set of instruments for airplanes 
that will reduce accidents and save life, These 
Instruments do not, however, add to the multi- 
plicity of instruments but simply show a red light 
when anything is wrong with any instrument. 
Thtis only when a red Ught appears does a pilot 
have to look at any instrument. 

The inventor has offered to give his patents to 
any airplane company that will agree to use them. 
None have accepted. He also offered his patents 
free to a large corporation that makes airplane in- 
struments, with the following result : The cor- 
poration agreed that the instruments were much 
needed but shirr tliry hati not yet made back the 
money invested in previous patents they could not 
invest in this new one. These officials acting in a 
perfect Price System manner realize they must pro- 
tect the investment. Price and investment will not 
exist under a technological control however, there- 
fore there will be no interference with functional 
efficiency- 

Automatic 4 'mil $t»|»nra1or 

G. A, Glasscock of the Los Angeles Chamber of 
Commerce calls attention to an English scientific 
development. An automatic machine that separates 
coal into chunk sizes ranging from two inches to 
eight inches has been perfected by the Birtley 
( 'ompany of County Durham. 



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Svnit Tour Siiu-H'fl 

The starting gun of the Howard Scott Contin- 
ental Tour— Fail 1937, was fired at Cleveland, Ohio, 
on August 22nd at a monster outdoor picnic. The 
appended Tom- Itinerary shows the task that is be- 
ing undertaken by the Director-in-Chief of Tech- 
nocracy, Inc., accompanied by Harold Fczer of the 
headquarters' staff. 

Proof of the vitality of the organization of 
Technocracy, Inc., lies in the magnitude ^>f the un- 
dertaking and in the following significant facts. 
The tour as so far planned will pass through twen- 
ty states and five Canadian Provinces, will be 15,000 
miles in extent, with stops in forty-one Canadian 
and forty-one U S. cities, will take four months* 
time during which the following strenuous program 
will be carried out: 115 lectures, 100 dinners, over 
200 conferences and interviews, 20 radio broad- 
casts. 

Furthermore, the entire set-up is Technocracy's 
show; tens of thousands of people will be coming to 
Technocracy to hear its message. Also, every- 
where, the Director-in-Chief will be greeted by 
Technocrats, and he will speak at meetings ar- 
range J by already existing sections of Technocra- 
cy, Inc. 

Significant, too, is the fact that the entire Tour 
will be financed by local sections. There will be no 
sponsoring by any Price System group — no foods 
or commodities or services will be advertised in ex- 
change for contributions. There will fce no special 
train carrying an entourage of time-servers who 
expect, after the Tour, to be appointed Postmast- 
ers, Cabinet officers, Senators, or page-boys. 
Neither will there be a two or three million dollar 
deficit to be made up by forcing corporations to 
buy pretty books as was the case after the recent 
political campaign. 

In lother words the Technocrats of this Con- 
tinent are conducting an educational effort of the 
first magnitude in a way that would seem to be 
impossible, without big money, without support of 
the press, without the promise of pecuniary reward 
for work done, without ballyhoo. It looks impos- 
sible but it's being done. 

Howard Scott on this Tour will open up on the 
American scene as he has never done before. Head- 
quarters has announced that this will be the last 
tour conducted in the present manner. Organiza- 
tional work at G.H.Q, will be so heavy during 1938 
that he will be unable to leave. 

Reports from the early meetings indicate that 
more people than can be accommodated will want 
to hear Howard Scott during this history-making 
tour. 

(For Tour Itinerary see back page) , 



THE TECHNOCRAT 



llvilrologv 

In a message to the Senate on August 13th, 
President Roosevelt vetoed a joint resolution auth- 
orizing Army Kngineers to submit to Congress a 
comprehensive system of national Hydrology. 
President Roosevelt's message read in part: "In 
my message of June 3rd. 1937, I proposed for the 
consideration of Congress a thoroughly democratic 
process of national planning of the conservation of 
the water and related land resources of our coun- 
try, I expressed the belief that such a process of 
national planning should start at the bottom 
through the initiation of planning work in the 
State and local units . ■ . . The reverse of such a 
process is prescribed in Senate joint resolution No. 
57. By this resolution the War Department would 
become the national planning agency not alone for 
flood control but for all the other multiple uses 
of water/' 

In May, 1936, Mr. Howard Scott, presenting the 
problem of hydrology in Technocracy Magazine, 
said: "Technocracy offers gratuitously the gen- 
eral specifications for a Continental Hydrology 
Control of North America knowing full well that it 
is economic suicide under the Price System for any- 
one who accepts it. M 

And again in July, 1937: "Dare our govern- 
ment invest in a Continental Hydrology, a much 
needed and tremendous development and control 
of the water resources of this continent so that 
further hydro-electrical power, water, transporta- 
tion and soil preservation may be passed on as our 
heritage to the children of the New America," 

As usual the march of events is proving the 
correctness of Technocracy's predictions. By the 
veto of Resolution Xo. 57 the Price System is serv- 
ing notice on the citizens of the North American 
Continent that no disinterested development of our 
Continental Hydrology will be tolerated. The Price 
System realizes the danger in such a development. 
The planning of such a program from a strietlv en- 
gineering standpoint would generate too many 
difficult problems for a Price System government 
to cope with. Far better to limit it to sporadic 
local puttering under political control "prepared by 
all or the many government agencies concerned." 

In the light of the President's proposals it 
seems clear that a scientifically planned Hydrology 
is to be prostituted for the dispensing of political 
patronage. While the War Department plan could 
never achieve the desired results it is obvious that 
here is one more example of the sabotaging of en- 
gineering procedure by Price System interference 

It must be realized that no amount of national 
tinkering will solve our hydrology problem It is 
not national but continental in its scope. The 
American Technate will install a Continental Hy- 
drology when price and price interference have dis- 
appeared from the American scene. 



Wry I ;uul JpoIiI llrcilgc 

Western Engine Corp., Los Angeles, have built 
for the Morgan Concentrating Co., Quart site, Ari- 
zona, a "dry land gold dredge" for use over dry 
placer grounds already worked by old* time miners. 
This machine is getting more gold than the old- 
timers got. It is a 6-cylinder DS Western Diesel 
engine, connected directly to a 150-kitowatt Allis- 
Chalmers 220-440 volt, 60-cycle alternator, both 
units mounted on a structural steel type base that 
digs the ore, the Diesel unit moves along with the 
shovel, handling 80 tons of soil an hour 



Itailiuiii ! VoiliH-l ion 

Recent discovery id radium ore ;tt < iivat Bear 
Lake, Canada, has increased the production of this 
metal. Radium is always a few degrees warmer 
than its surroundings. " It continues to give off 
emanations of three kinds for 1,600 years, at 
which time the emanations are reduced to a half 
of their original energy. It then emanates the 
same energy for another 1,600 years, and so on to 
eternity, losing half of its strength every 1,600 
years. During its lifetime radium gives off 1,000.- 
000 times as much energy as burning coal. A 
gram of radium equals in energy 3,000 pounds of 
coal. 



»YV*i|»2i|i« h r Files 

Newspaper files that now take up space by the 
cubic yard in newspaper offices and libraries can 
be squeezed down until a single filing case will hold 
the issues of many years, thru the use of microfilm. 
Wood-pulp print paper, which crumbles with age. 
can now be replaced by photographing every edi- 
tion or issue on microfilm of a cellulose acetate or 
safety base which is chemically more stable than 
good rag record paper and should last at least 100 
to 200 years. Thus microfilming is an act of pres- 
ervation. 



AiiUmiaif if- AfH-oniiliiig 

A Bookkeeping and Accounting Machine, Type 
IV. manufactured and distributed by International 
Business Machinery Co., using punched cards and 
electrical contacts, compiles reports, with as much 
detail as required, adds, subtracts and prints 
totals and balances. It is entirely automatic and 
operates at the speed of 150 cards per minute, 
with a uniform accuracy which cannot be expected 
from a manual or semi-manual procedure. The 
human element consists not of an operator but 
merely an attendent. Finished reports, which 
formerly required days and sometimes weeks to 
prepare, are now available in a few hours. <Ed. 
Note: See August, 1937, THE TFXTHNOCRAT. 
for article on a multiple bank ledger machine. I 



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Compiled by BAE CLENDENNING (K.D. 11834-1) 



'The auecessfyl bperali >n of eeemorrw sv^- 
uti'i ivipinr. thai back of each new unit of pro- 
ductive power there be placed a corresponding unit 
of consuming power." 

Dr, Harold G. Moulton 
of Brookings Institute. 

" . . . Los Angeles County has completely ex- 
hausted its direct relief funds and will soon have 
to issue warrants in the sura of $1,700,000 to cover 
the existing deficit for this year based on the 
basis of the present case load, not counting these 
new cases turned over to the County by the State 
. , . And greater demands on the county to take 
care of such and similar cases will mean necessary 
Upplllg of the tax rate to take care of them*" 

"East Los Angeles Gazette" 
April 13, 1937. 

. , ■ "You can look on almost any page (of the 
National Resources Committee report) and see 
how technology has speeded up the depletion of 
natural resources" (such depletion is inevitable 
under a Price System) "raised the national income 
and DESTROYED EMPLOYMENT/' (The caps 
are ours). "Multiply that by the number of pages, 
and take it as a fact that something tremendous 
is going on, , . We suffer because our technology 
and our institutions do not match . , . and you 
haven't seen anything yet" 

Los Angeles "Daily News", August 6, 1937- 

"tf industry could give work to 11,000,000 un 
employed it would have done so long ago.** 

William J. Cameron, Ford Motor Co 

<f The State of California is now the chief land- 
lord of the state. More than two million acres of 
land once owned by private individuals has revert- 
ed to the state for nonpayment of taxes, , . . There 
is also in excess of 100.000 city lots, both im- 
proved and unimproved, which the state now owns. 

San Fernando 'Times 1 ', August 12, 1937. 

"If America wants a five-year plan that will 
put her ahead five centuries, let her close the White 
House and kick every banker and broker and 
manufacturer out of every pontificial conference 
. , . while a few thousand genuine scientists who 
are not Yes- Men for corporations ascertain which 
unexploited inventions and discoveries might be 
quickly turned to account." 

Walter B. Pitkin in "A Short Introduction 
to the History of Human Stupidity." 



" . . . December 31, 1930 - . . the national debt 
stood at $16,026,000,000.'* "For the first 15 days 
of this year (1937), the Federal Treasury spent 
$204,863,990 MORE than it collected in the first 
fifteen days of the same month . . , On July 15 
(1937) the Federal debt stood at $36,597,383,347 
—more than 3000 million dollars IN EXCESS of 
the debt of a year ago**' "On July 28 (1937) the 
Federal debt went to a new record high of $36*- 
707,757,744;" "The national debt attained an all 
time peak of $36,814,414,573 on August 5," (1937) 
Los Angeles "Evening Herald-Express" 
and "Examiner, 11 



"The public debt reached a new record peak of 
$36,981,415,047 August 17." (1037) 

Los Angeles "Evening Herald- Ex press" 
August 19, 1037* 

"A Treasury report today (Aug, 26) showed 
the debt climbed $51,734,110 on that day to $37,- 
021,303,409. The increase resulted largely from 50 
million dollar issue of discount bills to bolster the 
Treasury's supply of ready cash. The August 25 
debt was S3,629,552.553 over that on the same 
date a year ago.*' 

In the above excerpts note carefully the 
steady climb of the figures giving the growth of 
the Federal debt. (R CJ 

"... science and invention wait for neither 
man nor conditions, and their development . . has 
much bearing upon the welfare or otherwise of the 
citizens of this country. . . . Prof. William F. 
Ogburn of the University of Chicago, . * . went on : 

•THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCLUSION TO 
BE DRAWN FROM THESE STUDIES \ National 
Resources Committee) IS THE CONTINUING 
GROWTH OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE SOCIAL 
STRUCTURE OF THE NATION. AND THE 
HAZARD OF ANY PLANNING THAT DOES 
NOT TAKE THIS FACT INTO CONSIDERA- 
TION.* 

When this language is boiled down into the 
speech of the man in the street, it merely means 
that the increase of mechanical inventions will con- 
tinually decrease the opportunity of men and wo- 
men to find remunerative labor unless such scien- 
tific development is taken into consideration, 11 

Los Angeles "Evening Herald-Express," 

July 28, 1937. 

"Science and the techniques doom all political 
management to decay*" 

Waiter B. Pitkin in "A Short Introduction 
to the History of Human Stupidity." 



THE TECHNOCRAT 



>oii-Tcrlmo^r;iis l{\|>osc<l 

By NORWIN KERR JOHNSON ( R. D. 11884-3) 



We notice that Ernest T. Weir, Chairman of the 
National Steel Corporation, is trying his hand as 
apologist for the Price System. Trying to "prove** 
that machines do not make unemployment, he em- 
ployes the old stunt of citing the period between 
1899 and 1929, showing that American factories 
increased horsepower by mere than 300 per cent t 
volume of production by more than 20C per cent 
and wages by more than 400 per cent. Why does- 
n't he give the figures from 1929 on ? Like Dr- 
Anderson in the late Chase National Hank Bulletin, 
he doesn't give these figures because they wouldn't 
prove his point. We suggest that the writers of 
such articles stop trying to kid the public. Give 
us pertinent statistics, complete to within a reas- 
onable time of the present date, and we will be glad 
to listen and consider. But the informed citizen is 
getting very tired of listening to the deliberated 
misleading wahco of corporate entities with an axe 
to grind. 

As the available purchasing power of the 
American people continues to decline, more and 
more pressure must be put on to keep up sales. 
Auto merchandising deserves the latest palm. Used 
Cars for $1.00 down! It is now possible to drive 
your reconditioned used car off the lot for the 
trifling expenditure of only one dollar. Terms, an- 
nounces the kindly seller, will be "fixed to suit the 
income of the purchaser." While we are on the 
subject of selling we mustn't forget the banker. 
The aspiring debt merchant is also finding the 
going a little tough. Bonds can be bought today 
on easy term contracts. If you desire a thousand 
dollar's worth of these bonds, the bank in question 
will be glad to lend you the money with which to 
purchase them. And, according to one of the bond 
salesman, any time that you find it inconvenient to 
make the monthly payment, the bank is required 
to make it for you. It is amusing to realize that 
a proposition of that kind ten years ago would 
have brought the bunko squad on the dead run. 

Just as the re-employment ballyhoo was begin- 
ning to have some effect, the American Federation 
of Labor bobs up again The Federation reports 
a weakening of the "post-depression** employment 
drive with more than 8,000,000 still out of work. 
According to the Federation . . . '*in industry as a 
whole there were 139,000 more jobs in June than in 
any other month this year; but this June gain 
compares with gains of 300,000 to 400,000 in every 
previous month, showing that the employment rise 
is beginning to wane." 



Using the old Price System gag of "Interfere 
with the supply and get your price, 11 the Labor 
Umcns have been forcing an unofficial share-the- 
work program by the pressure of Union demands 
for shorter hours. This is largely responsible for 
the reported increase in employment. Apparently 
even forced employment has run its course. 
As the labor unions continue their gang war for 
control of the man hours* racket, technology 
presses down the scale of employment. It has 
been the experience of modern nations that when 
wars are over the booty has disappeared. Labor 
wars seem to be no exception to the rule. 

Prime Minister Aberhart's Social Credit Gov- 
ernment is again in difficulties. Pending 
the introduction of a Social Credit bill before 
the Alberta Legislature a Moratorium on all debt 
for six months has been proclaimed and approved. 
This action seems to De aimed at the banks, the 
insurance companies and other large corporations 
who might collect and export money from the prov- 
ince before March 1. 1938 when the moratorium 
expires. The Social Credit Promise of paying 
$25.00 per month to every adult citizen is long over 
due. The latest plan for financing this Utopia is 
connected with the famous McMurray Tar Sands 
in northern Alberta. This deposit of solidified oil 
soaked sand is estimated to contain more than 
double the world's present known oil supply. By 
taking a ten percent royalty on the gas and oil 
produced in this area the Social Credit Government 
hopes to dig itself out of the hole that nasty Price 
System fact has dumped it into. Here's to hoping, 
Gentlemen, here's to hoping. 

Business failures in the United States seem to 
be one of the things picking up under the new 
"prosperity." For the week ending August 22nd 
they totaled 159 against 153 in the previous week 
and 135 in the corresponding week of 1936. Busi- 
ness failures thus join Unemployment, the Debt 
Load, and Continental malnutrition in the "recov- 
ery" parade. 

Robert Louis Stevenson's words, "The World 
is so full of a number of things . . ■ " etc., reminds 
us that now days it seems to be full of contradic- 
tions. When we see the ultra conservative "Bugs** 
Baer devoting his column to a paen of praise of 
the leisure enforcing effects of labor saving mach- 
inery, we have every right to feel bewildered. So 
many prominent writers and publications today are 
reversing their field, printing and writing stuff 
that might have come out of a Technocracy publi- 
cation, that we expect to see rain falling up any 
minute now*. 



8 THE TECHNOCRAT 

**l 'on vent ion and Ethies* ? 

By W W. HARDEN (RJ). 1 1834-3) 



During the early part of June, of this year, 
the American Medical Association convention 
held in Atlantic City, N. J.; was attended by 9,200 
of the 150,000 doctors in the United States 

Certain measures and reports were presented at 
this convention but the event that caused the 
greatest furor was the presentation, by a doctor, 
of a set of public healtn axioms. In brief, these 
were, that Organized Medicine (the A.M. A J ac- 
cept certain corollaries: (1) That all of the 150,- 
000 doctors become officers in the Federal Public 
Health Service. (2) Every person who expected 
to be unable to pay his medical and hospital bills 
register with a Government bureau which would 
pay the bills out *>r tax money. I 3) The Federal 
Treasury to pay expenses of all public hospitals, 
the deficit of all voluntary and finance construction 
of new hospitals. (4) The Federal Treasury pay 
the deficits of all first-class medical schools and 
subsidize the expansion of medical schools. 

To the orthodox doctors the plan was startling. 
Doctors are still recognized as part of that species 
known ns human beings. That being so, they are 
naturally conditioned the same as others of the 
.siinic species in their ihuught trends, reactions and 
inhibitions, as the result of traditions, supersti- 
tions, and folkways handed down Ihru srv-n thous- 
and years of civilization. This conditioning is re- 
sponsible for the ready reply lo the corollaries pre- 
sented. An emotional defensive was hurled at 
the offending doctor by the editor of nine A.M. A- 
publications; spokesman for medical orthodoxy; 
author of three books: ''Syphilis/' "Dirt and 
Health 1 ' and 1 'Curiosities of Medicine" and syndi- 
cator of a health column to 700 newspapers. The 
essence of his lengthy retort can be summarized by 
his concluding remark: 14 — and the question which 
we must answer for ourselves and for the people 
is simply the question as to whether medicine shall 
p'mnin a profession or become ;i trad" " And lims 
the result of seven thousand years of conditioning 
comes as a final punch to his roaring retort. Doc- 
tors are also business men, in that they must, thai 
the sale of their services, acquire sufficient debt 
claims to enable them to secure the physical re- 
quisites of life. Whether it be a doctor, lawyer, 
beggerman or thief they all must, in whatever 
manner they can t acquire as many of the Price 
System debt claims as possible to insure social 
prestige and continuing existence of themselves 
and families, To create an a hi mdunre of medical 
care would, by the rules of the Price System, re* 
duce the fees and as long as a scarcity can be sus- 
tained, the fees can be maintained. Whether it 
be called a trade or a profession matters little in 
efficient functioning A strange angle to the Amer- 
ican Medical Association's continual objection to 
an abundance of medical care is that in 1935 the 
average doctor's income was around $2,000. We 



wonder if that constitutes solely, the classification 
as a profession ? 

Now to get back to the convention. As might 
Oe expected there appeared before them a Price 
System product, a politician. This one happened 
to be Illinois' Senator James Hamilton Lewis, who 
assured the convention that he would take care of 
tnem in the parlous legislative future. When a 
parade becomes organized and starts its march 
there is always a politician who senses the occa- 
sion and runs out in the front to convey the idea 
that he is leading it. And so it was with Senator 
Lewis; running out before the parade of doctors 
(and publicity) at their convention to let his con- 
stituents know he is still looking out for their 
welfare. 

Other angles which brought themselves to the 
front in the two days and a night of wrangling 
were : What would Doctors get out of this ? What 
would their patients get? Who would run U, S. 
medicine? A sentimental sociologist like Secretary 
of Labor Perkins, a political Relief Administrator 
like Mr. Hopkins, a doctor like Surgeon General 
Parran, or a medical oligarchy headed by the A, 
M. A/s Secretary-General Manager, their Lobbyist 
and Editor ? Under a Price System such questions 
naturally come to the minds of the doctors con- 
vening as they do to a person when he reads or 
he;irs, for the first time, of the design erf Tech- 
nocracy, Inc. This reasoning, being the result of 
previous conditioning, is the response of the mind 
thinking in Price System terms and reactions, 
when focussed upon a question of this nature. 

Under a Price System we will never have an 
abundance of medical care any more than we will 
have an abundance of any other goods and ser- 
vices. Since the basic tenet of a Price System is 
to maintain a scarcity, as soon as an abundance 
not only beomes apparent but most probable, then 
the means of distribution cease to function, since 
the medium of exchange is one of interference, 
The distribution of all goods and services, if this 
continent of peoples is to continue to exist, can 
only be accomplished by a medium of distribution 
that is based on metrical determinants, free from 
interference and distributed equally to all citizens 
in the operating area. 

Nurses, thru their protective organizations, 
must also create a scarcity to maintain price. Some 
of the "ethical" means of doing this is to prohibit 
a married woman to take a case; raise the " stand - 
;u ds" for entrance to a training school; different- 
iating reciprocity between states as to the require- 
ments of graduate nurses, etc. These traditional 
maneuvers tend, by the maintaining of a scarcity 
of nurses, to keep the price of duty hours up and 
enable only a portion of graduate nurses to use 
thai knowledge and experience that they have 
spent years in acquiring and perfecting Those 



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nurses not employed are such, not because other 
humans are so physically well, nor because those 
nurses no longer desire to go on a case, but because 
of two interfering factors of the Price System; 
lack of purchasing power in the hands of those 
needing medical attention and the continual "ethi- 
cal" means of creating a scarcity of nurses. 

Technocracy, Inc., realizes only to j well that 
no politial government on this Continent has either 
the courage or the structural facility to institute 
a Continental Health and Medical Service as pro- 
posed in the blueprint of The Technate of America* 
which includes in part, compulsory physical exam- 
inations of all citizens every six months ; the appli- 
cation of preventative as well as curative medicine 
in diseases, etc. When the Governments of the 
United States and Canada as a last attempt at sal- 
vation, are compelled by the exigencies of the tech- 
nological advance to use the still existing abund- 
ance of credit, our national economics will have 
shot their last calamity. 

Technocracy will supply their requiem. 

Drinking Wail or 

By PAUL THOMAS, (RD. 11834-4) 

During the world's fair in Chicago in 1933 
there were forty-one deaths from several hundred 
cases of amoebic dysentery. There were sporadic 
cases of this disease found in about two hundred 
cities thruout the Unilrd Slates carried there by 
people who had visited the fair, It was later prov- 
en that over one thousand employees of two hotels 
in Chicago were carriers, thus endangering the 
health and lives of their own families and many of 
their friends. 

This condition was caused by improperly in- 
stalled or maintained plumbing. When the waste 
pipe leading from a bath tub, lavatory, or toilet be- 
comes clogged, it is possible, under conditions that 
frequently occur in all buildings, for waste matter 
or liquids from such fixture to be syphoned back 
into the water pipe, thus polluting the drinking 
water of the building. 

It is possible to correct this condition in all 
buildings, but many property owners, if forced by 
law to make the correction, would be in financial 
difficulty, with a mortgage already equal to or 
larger than the present worth of their holding. 

Other cases as serious as that of Chicago, 
have occured in many parts of the country. Any 
city that does not want to lose her transient trade, 
will keep such information from public knowledge, 
For this reason we heard little or nothing of the 
Chicago contagion until after the exposition had 
come to a close and tracing of the disease had 
began. 

You may ask, what has ail this to do with 
Technocracy? Under a Technate, interference be- 
ing a thing of the past, the plumbing industry 
would have nothing to consider but the welfare of 
the citizens. Exhaustive tests of different types 
of plumbing installations have been conducted in 



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the past few years by competent men ; the cause and 
remedy of dangerous conditions are well known, 
but the full correction of this situation will never 
be made under a Price System because it would be 
financially ruinous to too many people. Under a 
Technate there will be but one kind of plumbing — 
the best that the Division of Research can design. 

(Editor's Note): Good plumbing was hailed as 
an outstanding factor in the protection of the 
health of the individual and community by Dr. 
Clifford E. Waller, Assistant Surgeon of the 
United States Public Health Service, in an address 
at the recent convention of the National Associa- 
tion of Master Plumbers in Atlantic City.*' Taken 
from The Los Angeles Evening Herald and Ex- 
press of July 10, 1937. 

MOVIES 

"31 1% IHh'iIk iim-s To Town" 

0 Reviewed by a Technocrat . . - 

This is a •••• Price System display. 

First — The picture exhibits that grand old 
American chance-in-a-hundred-million, often dig- 
nified by the names of Incentive and Rugged In* 
dividual Ism r for which the other 999.999,999 are 
willing to starve. 

Second The one man in the play whu was 
considered insane was the young hero who inherit- 
ed 20 million dollars but wanted to give it away be- 
cause he was not predatory and did not care to 
start a corporation. The character and behavior 
of every other person in the play was distorted by 
his desire to grab some of Mr. Deed's money. 

Third — The lawyers were willing to say or do 
any thing to get their hands on some of the money. 

Fourth — The great alienist, a physician proved 
(for a fee) that anyone who tooted a tuba and 
wanted to give away twenty million dollars is cer- 
tainly a victim of Dementia Praecox. 

Fifth — "The Girl' 1 of the piece double-crossed 
the man she loved because her newspaper editor 
promised her two week's vacation with pay! 

Sixth — The hero demonstrated effectively that 
the possession of twenty million dollars is only 
a headache anyway and that life can be pleasanter 
with plenty rather than with too much. 

Seventh — The testimony of two old maids who 
were really ^pixillated*' was accepted in a court of 
law to prove that the hero was "pixillated." 

Eighth — The judge did manage to save the 
good name of the court by deciding the case on 
comman sense rather than* on legal technicalities. 
Based upon testimony accepted by the court up to 
that point, a sane, normal, American citizen could 
have gone to the insane asylum. 

Note:- — After the Technate has been estab- 
lished we must show this picture to our children to 
illustrate how dreadful was human behavior in the 
good old days of rugged individualism— before 
Technocracy. 



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THE TECHNOCRAT 



"l^t *» Got Married" 

In this picture a bit of Technocracy hits the 
screen. The conflict of the plot consists of the 
interference by politicians with the functioning of 
the Weather Bureau. The main concern of the po- 
litical bosses was the arrangement of trades of 
controlled votes in an election campaign for judges. 
The final choice of these "statesmen*' for judge 
was a politician whose own mother declared he was 
bniinkss 

The main concern of the meteorologist was to 
get an increased appropriation of money to make 
the Weather Bureau more efficient. Finally the 
be-e-utiful daughter of the political boss, through 
love lor something) for the scientist, told him she 
would influence her father to arrange for an in- 
crease in the budget. The movie censor actually 
allowed the meteorologist to say that he knew that 
a politician wouldn't give the shine off his pants to 
help the Weather Bureau, and further that politi- 
cians didn't know anything, and finally ( and to our 
amazement) that when scientists get into control, 
politicians will be as extinct as the Dodo. 

This is good propaganda for technological con- 
trol. But, undoubtedly* most of the audience miss- 
ed the point. They probably concluded about as 
follows: "Dcn't be a poor oid scientist who can't 
get any money — be a politician and get the dough/' 



*H hIimI E m |»Ii»v incur* 

Technocrats and others who deplore the supine- 
ness of the Price System control in permitting the 
creation of an American Sahara Desert in our mid- 
dle Western states are overlooking another oppor- 
tunity for capitalizing calamity. Properly han- 
dled, this tragedy of erosive neglect may yet solve 
our unemployment problem. Think of the possi- 
bilities! For tne proper handling of this vast new 
desert terrain camels will become necessary. The 
care and breeding of camels will become our latest 
industry absorbing millions of unemployed. It has 
been unreliably established that at least five men 
working eight hours are needed to service the av- 
erage camel. In order to build up a demand for 
these beasts it is proposed to convert the slogan 
of that great Price System engineer to read "two 
camels in, every tent." 

l>v providing an easy payment pJan for the pur- 
chase of these animals, employment can be found 
for thousands of salesmen who can work the:r way 
through college on camel back. However, this is 
-only scratching the surface. 

In order to feed the camels, dates will have to 
be grown. WPA workers now leaning on shovels 
can be transported to the American Sahara to lean 
on date palms. The dates will feed the camels and 

the camels will er — — ah supply nourishment 

to the date palms. The thousands of unemployed 
actors now wasting their talents in Hollywood and 
New York can be engaged as sheiks t < supply that 
desert atmosphere for the benefit of the millions of 
tourists who will flock to the new Garden of Allah. 



We have, so far, failed to mention the most 
interesting part of the whole program. From the 
myriad Fascist groups existing on this continent 
today, a Foreign Legion would be recruited to pa- 
trol the American Sahara. This would provide 
these individuals with the opportunity to wear pe- 
culiar looking uniforms and engage "in drills, pa- 
rades and the useless sort of martial display in- 
dulged in today only by the more rococo type of 
secret society. 

Look for the Associated Desert Supply Manu- 
facturers billboards. They show a tent on a stretch 
of golden sand. A sturdy American descends from 
his camel to greet his happy family. Caption: 
The A rid- American Way. 



ACTIVITIES 

Farads 

A New I'se of an Old Word . . . 

In electrical terminology a farad is the unit of 
capacity of condensers. In organizational termin- 
ology FARAD now designates a member of Tech- 
nocracy, Inc., who is under twenty-one years of 
age. It replaces the word Monad formerly used as 
the name of the junior Technocrats, The word 
Monad now represents solely the emblem of Tech- 
nocracy, Inc. 

The first area organizational meeting for Far- 
ads was held on Sept. 2nd, at Section 7. Informa- 
tion on future meetings may be obtained at 1866 W. 
Santa Barbara Ave . bv mail or phone (VErmont 
1844). 

Application forms, functional designation 
blanks, and complete by-laws and genera' regula- 
tions have been issued by G-H.Q. 

Glendora Glendon Schrager has been appointed 
lyy the R. D. Board as Farad advisor and organizer. 

The Farads are all set u to go to town" and will 
soon be setting the pace for adult sections. One 
of their most important and interesting activities 
will be short-wave radio communication, A new 
class for operators will soon be started and any 
who are anxious to get in at the beginning and 
learn radio from the ground up are urged to sign 
up for this class. 

$|M»iikt»rs 

The Division of Public Speaking has outlined 
an important program for its next meeting on 
Sunday, September 26th, All section governors 
of public speaking and all authorized speakers will 
be present* Also each governor will take to the 
meeting all who are training to be public speakers 
and will have the latter fully prepared with five or 
ten minute speeches to be delivered and construc- 
tively criticized at this meeting, which will con- 
vene promptly at 7:30 P. M. p Sept. 26th at 1866 W. 
Santa Barbara Ave. ATTENTION GOVERNORS 
. , AND PREPARE! 



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FINANCE 

Ifii'iliM-oiiaif * lowered 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on 
Wednesday, August 26, announced a reduction in 
its rediscount rate from 1 J 1> per cent to 1 per cent. 
This rate will become effective on August 27th. 
The rate of l 1 L * percent was established on Febru- 
ary 2 t 1934, when it was reduced from 2 percent 

It is significant that not only has the Federal 
Government in the guise of the Federal Reserve 
Bank cut the interest rate on rediscounts so that 
the buying of Government Securities might be en- 
couraged, but in the guise of the Federal Treasury 
it has also increased the interest rate on Federal 
securities thus providing another incentive for ac- 
quiring these obligations. The July 15th issue of 
$400,000,000 carrying V\i percent represents an 
increase of 1 - of 1 per cent return on long term 
investments. Owing to the si2e of the government 
debt load, more inducement must be offered to the 
investors. It is probable, however, that the in- 
ducement is a blind, and that the increase is in- 
tended only to ease the pressure of interest pay- 
ments to depositors necessitated by the large idle 
deposits that the banks are holding at the present 
time. Today, business conditions are such that 
the continual buying of government securities by 
the banks is iht< ssnrv in order to maintain the en- 
luc business striK tun T] tr , barrage of myth now 
current in banking circles arises from this fact 

It seems plain that government securities will 
continue to be purchased by the banks until such 
time as the banking structure is unable to absorb 
any m&ore of such low income producing obliga- 
tions. As Howard Scott has pointed out. whenever 
the banks of the United States reach the point 
where 60 per cent of their assets are in the form of 
government securities they will be faced with the 
choice of either liquidating their affairs or of sell- 
ing to the government. At the present time the 
banks' race has very nearly been run. 



Hazardous Blanks 



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Authorized Speakers 
SEPTEMBER— 

0 13th— William E. Miller— Long IJeaeh Y, W. 
A. — R,D,-1 1833-Prov. 

0 15TH — Nonvln Kerr Johnson — 211 E. Hershey 
Ave., Wilmar— R.D. 11834-4. 

9 >7th — Forrest K Wvsoiig— Loiiu Iteaeh Y. \\ 
C. A. — R.D. 11834-Prov. 



Official Literature 



The list of area magazines and official literature 
of Technocracy, Inc., has been omitted from this 
issue through lack of space. Readers are referred 
to current issues of other area magazines. 



TEUIXH K U Y I'KESS 

1866 W. Santa Barbara Ave not Los An fries, Calif. 

■ 

Personal Calling Cards with MONAD in Colors 
Sec Lion Cards 
Post Cards in colors 
Blotters Section Address or GHQ 
Letter Heads, Continental Standard 
Envelopes, Continental Standard 
Section Announcement Cards 
Leaflets 

Technocracy MONAD SEALS in Colors 



"Nearly 3000 banks within the federal deposit 
insurance program lack sufficient capital, a PRI- 
VATE REPORT" (the caps are ours) "of the Fed- 
eral Deposit Insurance Corporation revealed to da v. 
Uune 21) 

. , . at the close of 1936 more than 10 per cent 
of the assets of many banks receiving -deposit In- 
surance was 'hazardous and undesirable 1 . . 

Between 2000 and 3000 insured banks reported 
net current operating earnings last year which 
were not sufficient to take care of the average 
volume of losses expected. . ( . Of the non-member 
Federal Reserve Banks receiving insurance bene- 
fits, 3 per cent possessed no sound capital at all, 
and f approximately 100 per cent of the non-mem- 
ber group had an exceedingly low margin of capi- 
tal in reserve against deposits," 



Howard Sroli 

Shrine Auditorium 
I .os Angles* 4'nlir. 

Snml-i v. O i I 

NovciiiIm'i* •tplll 

(3:80 P M.) 

ADMISSION Tickets on Sale 

£5c and 40c At AU Sections 



HOWARD SCOTT 

CONTINENTAL TOUR - FAll 1»37 



Cleveland, Ohio -- August 22 

Chicago, 111. - " 24 

Appleton, Wise — - - - " 26 

Pt Arthur, Ont. " 29 

Ft William - H 30 

Winnipeg, Man. — - Sept 1 3 2, 3 

Brandcn, Man, , - 4 

Yorkton, Sask. - 5 

Melville, Sask. ...... - - 6 

Regina, Sask. -- '* 

Moose Jaw, Sask 9 

Saskatoon, Sask "10,11 

Frince Albert, „.„—.... " 12 

North Battleford ™, " 13 

Lloydminster — - 14 

Vegreville, Alia. — — - ■* IS 

Edmonton, Alta - "1^17 

Sylvan Lake, Alta. " 1 § 

Red Deer, Alta. - " 18 

Dmmheller, Alta, - -- " 19 

Calgary, Alta, - ~ " 20 

Banff, Alta, - * 21 

Calgary, Alta. — M 22 

Medicine Hat, Alta. „ - . " 23 

Lethbridge, Alta ...... " 2* 

Coleman, Alta. — . ^- " 25 

Great Falls, Mont -- " 27 

Helena, Mont, " 28 

Butte, Mont .... * 29 

Idaho Falls, Idaho .l - 30 

PocateUo, Idaho October 1 

Ogden, Utah - 2 

Salt Lake City, Utah " 3, 4 

Twin Falls, Idaho " ' 5 

Boise, Idaho - 8 

Lewiston, Idaho — T 

Coeur d'AIene, Idaho 8 

Spokane, Washington a JI 9 

Cranbrook, B. C. " 10 

Kimberly, B. C .-- ' " 11 



Nelson, B. C ... M 12 

Trail, B, C - " 13 

Penticton, B. C. ... M 15 

Kelowna, B. C- " 16 

Vernon, B. C " 17 

Salmon Arm, B. C " 18 

Kamlcops, B. C - " 19 

Chilliwack, B. C, 20 

Vancouver, B. C. ..- " 21 

Victoria, B. C "22,23 

Port Alberni, B- C. M 24 

Nanaimo, B. & " 25 

Vancouver, B, C " 26 

New Westminster, B. C + _ ?l 27 

Vancouver, E, C ....„.„ * 28 

Bellingham, Washington ._ - " 29 

East Stanwood, Washington " 30 

Everett, Washington ? . —.. 51 31 

Seattle, Washington Nov, 1, 2, 3 

Fuyallup, Washington 4 

Tacoma, Washington . . 5 

Vancouver, Washington .~~ " 10 

Portland, Oregon "11,12 

Salem, Oregon „. " 13 

Eugene, Oregon " 14 

Medford, Oregon — n 15 

San Francisco Bay District, 

etc., Nov. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 

Fresno, California " 22 

Bakers field, California .. " 23 

Hinkley, California " 24 

Las Vegas, Nevada, and 



Boulder Dam 



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Los Angeles Nov 2$, 29, 30, Dec. 1 



Santa Barbara, California .. 

■ Fontana, Ontario Area — 

San Bernardino, California 

San Diego, California - 

Yuma (tentative) 

Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona 



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